Call them pool slides, shower slides or just plain slides, this ubiquitous, open-toed sandal has been around for decades – and it’s not going anywhere. While their slip-on appeal, breathability and supreme comfort make them a go-to shoe for dressing down, slides accommodate a surprising amount of savvy looks. Because their inherently simple design flatters so many different types of clothing, your spring and summer wardrobes will get a ton of style mileage out of a single pair of slides.
Keeping It Casual
Something about slipping on a pair of slides instantly makes life feel a little more laid back. To keep it simple and comfy without looking sloppy, opt for a pair of single-strapped vinyl athletic slides. These sandals often come in one or two bright colors, or, like the Nike Benassi JDI, time-tested black and white. The basic colors make it particularly easy to pair with cuffed boyfriend jeans or form-flattering cutoffs and a lightweight relaxed tee. Keep the look effortless-yet-coordinated by matching your slides to your tote and a subtle bracelet.
Whether they’re pink, teal or popping with a flower print – a la the Naturalizer Aislin in Black Floral – many slides make a bold, colorful statement. Make your summer wardrobe pop by embracing a bright look, such as an A-line sundress with clean lines and a graphic print paired with primary-colored, striped or printed slides. Match your slides’ trim or base color to an element of your dress, skirt or top – whether it’s a pattern or a single stripe – and you’re ready to roll.
Slides with woven, patterned or crisscrossed uppers and a sole made of leather, pleather or cork give you all the comfort of athletic sandals while allowing you to dip your breezily exposed toes into slightly more formal territory. The silver-toned Allison from Circus by Sam Edelman, for instance, feels right at home with chinos, a lightweight blouse and a linen blazer. For a look that’s less business and more party, pair natural-hued slides with cropped bottoms, tortoiseshell shades and a matching bell top.
The List Goes On
Slides are so malleable that you can gussy them up with plenty of pieces you might already have on hand. Semi-casual slides flatter shift, maxi and shirt dresses, while both casual and athletic styles complement summer-friendly rompers and jumpers. Coordinate your slides with a skinny belt on any of these for an instantly put-together look. And yes, you can wear them with socks; Telegraph fashion editor Belinda White suggests slipping “a pair of ankle socks under them,” noting that “even though other people might (blatantly) not agree with that, pool slides just give you the confidence to really not care. When you’re wearing them, you just know your feet rule.”
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